Losmandy AZ8 Alt-Az Dual Telescope Mount

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Losmandy AZ8 Alt-Az Dual Telescope Mount
Item # LO-AZ8
  • Losmandy AZ8 is a twin head Alt-Azimuth mount with an impressive weight capacity of up to 70 lbs.
  • Each side of the mount head is fitted with a dual saddle plate to carry either a V or D series dovetail.
  • All machined aluminum mount is anodized for a durable and attractive finish.
  • Stainless steel hardware throughout.
  • Precision needle bearings and brass worm gear.
  • Laser engraved setting circles.
  • Includes tripod with 6 inch riser. Total weight just 26 lbs.


Losmandy AZ8 Alt-Az Dual Head Mount

Scott Losmandy is known for precision mount design and fabrication.  The AZ8 is no exception.  Like all Losmandy mounts, the Losmandy AZ8 Alt Azimuth mount is machined from black anodized aluminum with stainless steel hardware throughout.  Fine needle bearings paired with high quality 7075 aluminum worm gears provide smooth, concise and controlled movement.  360 degree rotation of both axes is controlled by two slow motion knobs.   Clear and easy to read 3.5" laser engraved setting circles help keep set up and tracking simple. 

The AZ8 also boasts an impressive weight capacity via it's two head design.  When properly balanced each side is capable of carrying 35 lbs. for a total carrying capacity of 70 lbs.  Its motor-less design paired with the dual heads makes it the optimal choice for outreach and educational opportunities.  Set an h-alpha scope on one side and telescope with a white light filter on the other for a side by side comparison or a small refractor with camera on one head and a larger refractor or small Cassegrain on the other for observing while doing short exposure imaging, great for lunar or solar imaging!

Highly versatile and very portable, each head of the Losmandy AZ8 offers a dual saddle plate capable of securely holding a V or D style dovetail.  The head and tripod weigh a light 13 lbs. each and are compact in size the tripod folding down to just 29 inches. The aluminum tripod includes a 6 inch riser to keep mounted equipment clear of the tripod legs.   Integrated bubble level and tilting tripod feet help ensure a level and quick set up. The tripod is easily adjustable up to 46 inches.

Losmandy AZ8 Specifications

  • 2" and 2.1" diameter needle thrust bearings
  • Two (2) 1.5" diameter needle bearings
  • 360º dual axes rotation
  • 2.812" diameter 7075 aluminum worm gear with 180 teeth
  • High precision brass worm
  • Variable slip clutch on both axes.
  • 3.5" laser engraved setting circles
  • 1.25" diameter aluminum shafts
  • Dual saddles supporting either D or V series dovetails
  • Head weight 13 lbs.
  • Tripod weight 13 lbs.
  • Tripod leg length 29 - 46 inches
  • Potential weight capacity of 70 lbs.
Additional Information

Additional Information

Head Design Alt-Azimuth
Tripod or Pier Included? Yes
GPS Included? No
Electronics Included None/ Manual
Manufacturer Losmandy
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Hand Controller Included None - None Available
# of Counterweights Included 0
Mount Special Features Integrated Bubble Level, Tilting Feet
Weight Capacity 70 lbs. when properly balanced 35 lbs. per side
Leg Length 29 - 46 in.
Material Aluminum
Power Supply Included None - Does Not Require Power
Tracking Modes Alt-Azimuth
Weight of Tripod/Monopod 13 lbs.
Weight of Head 13 lbs.

Customer Reviews 1 item(s)

Finally a robust alt-az for long heavy refractors
I bought the prototype at the Tucson Astronomy and Science Expo November 2014. I went there with a mount of this type in mind. I've got a home made 127mm surplus shed f9 refractor and a Vixen NA140. Both being long which easily induces vibrations in my other mounts. With BOTH mounted on the Losomandy it was very steady. However; they have a problem staying aligned with each other. One big scope, my Pronto or my WO66 this is not a problem. If the scope vibrates, it means one of the legs has not been seated properly. Which are pretty darn robust too.

I have used it several times for public out reach; very nice to be able to confirm that the user is looking at the right object but checking in the Pronto while the other person is still on the eye piece.

The version I got does not have the graduations on the axis nor the Losmandy logo.

It's a bit heavy (both good and bad), it has this funky pedestal between the mount and legs with the attachment knob inside making it a bit difficult to reach. Maybe even impossible if you have large hands. Which knocks it down a star from perfect.

But these turn out to be minor niggles while in use; it has been my go to mount since. For short views in the backyard or for longer use at outreach parties.

If you have a long slow refractor (especially if it has a lot of mass on either end) this is the mount you want. Highly recommend.
1= Houston, We Have a Problem & 5= It's Out of This World
Review by rboe / (Posted on 2/18/2015)
Included Items

Included Items

  • Losmandy AZ8 Alt Az Mount Head
  • Tripod with 6" riser
Questions & Answers

Product Questions

Can this mount be used with only one scope like a celestron HD 9.25 or 11 OTA?
What is the maximum height of the tripod & mount, measured to the middle of the altitude axis, including one 6" riser?
Aloha OPT,

Is there some sort of alignment procedure that needs to be done in order to use the mount's setting circles? Are the setting circles accurate enough to locate DSOs? And are there any good 'digital' setting circles (and encoders) that can be used with this mount (to make this a manual 'push to' mount)? Thanks for you time.
Can flexible slow motion control cables be added?
Will the AZ8 be compatable with a set of encoders? If so, which product and manufacturer? Thanks.
It seems from the pictures that the azimuth slow-mo knob can get into a very difficult-to-reach situation at certain mount/scope positions, almost actually hitting the saddle at times. Is this a visual illusion or something that was unavoidable given design limitations?
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